Director of Early Childhood Education

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, May 26, 2017, 5:00pm


Philadelphia, PA
United States

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Job Description:

The Director of Early Childhood Education is a full-time salaried position with a full range of benefits, including vacation, health, dental, vision, and retirement.  The Director serves on the Schuylkill Center's leadership team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Guide the growth and development of the Center’s early childhood education program including Nature Preschool, kindergarten, and other programs for young children.
  • Manage and motivate a staff of full-time, part-time, and seasonal teachers.  
  • Manage communication and positive relationships among the teaching staff, the Center’s staff, families, and children.
  • Play a key role in assisting our marketing efforts to attract new audiences.
  • Develop, evaluate, and manage the department’s budget.
  • Evaluate and adjust the Preschool’s programming to ensure continued success, while working across departments to elevate the Center’s dynamic programs.
  • Ensure compliance with all state and city regulating bodies and agencies.
  • Represent the department at senior-level staff meetings, all-staff meetings, and Board of Trustee meetings.
  • Represent the Center and the Preschool at professional meetings and conferences.

Expected Competencies:

  • Significant teaching experience in an Early Childhood Education setting required (and experience managing a preschool, in emergent curricula, and in teaching nature-based lessons in an outdoor setting all preferred).
  • An understanding of childhood development, including stages of growth, and how social, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs intersect with learning.
  • Demonstrated ability in leading a staff, including hiring, developing, mentoring, and evaluation.
  • Experience leading workshops and presenting lectures in professional settings.
  • Experience in successfully creating, managing, and meeting budgets.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Mastery of the full suite of computer programs, including email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google, etc.

Education, Experience and Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in early childhood education preferred, Bachelor’s required.
  • At least two years’ experience in a leadership position at a comparable education institution.
  • Exceptional writing, speaking, and teaching skills.
  • Must pass background checks and complete all requirements mandated by the state.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references to Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director,, or mail to: Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA  19128.

The application deadline is close of business on Friday, May 29, 2017.